Not Without My Sister is written by three sisters – Kristina, Celeste and Juliana – who grew up in the religious cult known at the time as ‘The Children of God’.
Whilst I knew religious/extremist cults existed, especially in the ‘hippie’ era of free sex, drugs and experimentation, I must say that I really didn’t expect the truth to be on the scale it was. I also wasn’t around when The Children of God gained media attention in the UK and underwent court cases, so had no idea about this book or the cult itself before my Nan gave me this book. I must warn you – this is a very difficult book to read. Not because of pace, or the vocabulary or any other literary factors, but purely because of the content.
Lets talk body image. A survey in 2016 found that in the UK, only 20% of women questioned considered themselves body confident. That’s 80% of women that said they do not have body confidence. That statistic is shocking, but unfortunately very, very real.
I’ve definitely had my fair share of struggles with body image – in fact, it’s an ongoing daily battle. Unfortunately, however, I think most women would say the same. In today’s society, it’s almost frowned upon to actually be happy and confident within yourself – and that is the focus of my blog post today.
I recently introduced you to a new blog I am working with to review books – Whispering Stories. The second book I reviewed for them was Moristoun by Kevin McAllion*. It’s a very interesting and different book, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on it with you all!